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Alberto Aliseda Headshot

Fri, 06/25/2021 | College of Engineering

Alberto Aliseda named chair of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

"His vision for the future of mechanical engineering will propel the department from its current high level to even greater heights in the years to come."

Pan-African flag

Fri, 06/18/2021 | Office of the President

On Juneteenth, we honor the past and act for the future

"This Saturday, we will honor Juneteenth, a commemoration of the day when news of the Civil War’s end – and the cessation of chattel slavery in the United States – at last reached enslaved people in Texas."

Boeing-Roundhill Professor Lilo Pozzo

Wed, 06/16/2021

Boeing-Roundhill Professor Lilo Pozzo named interim chair of the Department of Materials Science & Engineering

"Lilo’s dedication to leadership and service, as well as her collaborations with MSE faculty to accelerate the pace of materials discovery, make her uniquely qualified for this role."

A massive waterfall surrounded by green trees and bushes. A large building is in the back left of this photo. Now the water is flowing down the fall. Everything else is still.

Tue, 06/15/2021 | UW News

Turning a single photo into a video

Allen School researchers have created a deep learning method that can animate flowing material in a photo, such as waterfalls, smoke or clouds.

Two images of human skin, one computationally modified to reveal the locations of certain types of bacteria.

Mon, 06/14/2021

Smartphone cameras illuminate bacteria causing acne, dental plaques

UW researchers have developed a method that uses smartphone-derived images to identify potentially harmful bacteria on skin and in oral cavities.

Tapovan Vishnugad hydroelectric plant

Mon, 06/14/2021 | UW News

Cause, scope determined for deadly winter debris flow in Uttarakhand, India

A self-organized coalition of 53 scientists from 14 countries, including CEE's David Shean and Shashank Bhushan, worked nonstop following the Feb. 7 disaster to investigate the cause, scope and impacts.

traffic on Interstate 5 through downtown Seattle at sunset

Wed, 06/02/2021 | UW News

Regional survey reveals work, leisure habits during the pandemic

A new UW-led survey reveals changes to remote workers’ commuting and other habits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Figure from paper showing three x-ray images paired with color-coded saliency maps indicating weight of factors in model prediction

Tue, 06/01/2021 | Allen School News

Medical AI model “shortcuts” could lead to COVID-19 misdiagnosis

Allen School researchers discover medical AI models rely on “shortcuts” that could lead to misdiagnosis of COVID-19 and other diseases.

iPhone Screenshots

Thu, 05/27/2021 | HCDE UW

Students lead study of COVID-19 exposure notification app

HCDE students have worked with the Washington Department of Health to study WA Notify, a statewide COVID-19 exposure notifications tool.

2021 Dean's Medalists - Headshots of two men

Wed, 05/26/2021 | College of Engineering

2021 Dean’s Medalists

Congrats to undergraduates Alejandro Diaz and Parker Ruth on receiving this year’s Dean’s Medals for academic excellence.

Hand pointing at a model airplane

Mon, 05/24/2021

Paris’s Law celebrates 60 years

First published in The Trend in Engineering, former UW Engineering professor Paul C. Paris’s ideas revolutionized airplane design and gave way to the field of fracture mechanics.

A collage of women faculty

Mon, 05/24/2021

Engineering equity

The ADVANCE Center for Institutional Change celebrates 20 years of supporting women faculty and developing leaders in STEM fields at the UW.

Nancy Allbritton Headshot

Thu, 05/13/2021 | Department of Bioengineering

Nancy Allbritton to receive 2021 Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award

The Pritzker Distinguished Lecture Award is the Biomedical Engineering Society’s premier recognition.

Grasses growing in tubes in the foreground. Two people stand behind them. Another person standing to the right.

Tue, 05/11/2021 | UW News

Genetically engineered grass cleanses toxic soil

UW researchers genetically engineered a switchgrass to break down the chemical RDX — a toxic pollutant left by military explosives — using genes from a soil bacterium.

A virtual reality rendition of a river scene

Mon, 05/10/2021 | UW Mechanical Engineering

Worlds of possibility

Four virtual worlds developed by ME research scientist Hunter Hoffman signal the future of VR for health.

picture of UW post-doc Savannah Bifulco

Tue, 05/04/2021 | UW Medicine

Study yields new clue to strokes of undetermined source

Researchers shed light on why some people who have a stroke do not also have abnormal heart rhythms, even though their hearts contain similar scar tissue.

Two researchers standing in the midst of trees devastated by wildfire

Mon, 05/03/2021 | UW Civil & Environmental Engineering

A burning need

Civil and environmental engineering researchers work to understand and mitigate post-wildfire landslide hazards.

Anna Karlin

Thu, 04/29/2021 | UW News

Anna Karlin elected to National Academy of Sciences

The Bill and Melinda Gates Chair in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering is one of five UW faculty elected this year.

A picture of power lines at sunset. Everything is hazy.

Thu, 04/29/2021 | UW News

Unequal exposure to air pollution

A new study models peoples’ exposure to air pollution — based on race/ethnicity and income level — and shows that exposure disparities among people of color and white people are driven by nearly all, rather than only a few, emission source types.

Professor Hussein assembles hardware

Tue, 04/27/2021 | UW News

Bridging the distance

When the UW returns to in-person learning this fall, instructors like Rania Hussein and Julian Yamaura will bring with them the creative methods developed while teaching remotely.

A coral reef with orange fish swimming around

Wed, 04/21/2021 | UW News

Tracking the movements of stony corals

A new study led by UW researchers borrowed image-analysis methods from engineering to spot the minute movements of a stony coral.

quantum super computer

Mon, 04/19/2021 | UW Magazine

Quantum leap

 In quantum computing, UW researchers see the building blocks of the next technological revolution.

A person looking shocked at what they are seeing on their phone

Mon, 04/19/2021 | UW News

Arguing on the internet

A UW research team is studying how to make online arguments productive.

A collage of five students

Mon, 04/19/2021 | GIX

Engineering team places second in GIX innovation competition

For this year’s challenge, which focused on addressing agricultural challenges, the ECE student team developed MicroPlant, an automated plant moisture monitoring and control system.

Side by side maps of Seattle color-coded based on normalized sidewalk reach between normative walking profile and manual wheelchair user profile. The map on the left shows more extensive NSR for the normative walking profile compared to the map on the right.

Wed, 04/14/2021 | Allen School News

Urban accessibility

Taskar Center researchers offer a roadmap for more robust modeling of pedestrian mobility on a city-wide scale.